J4387

Commending Forest Ranger Robert Piersma upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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Senate Resolution No. 4387

BY: Senator GRIFFO

COMMENDING Forest Ranger Robert Piersma upon the
occasion of his designation as recipient of a
Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made
significant contributions to the quality of life therein; and

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of
certain extraordinary individuals it wishes to recognize for their
valued contributions to the success and progress of society and publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Forest
Ranger Robert Piersma of the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, Division of Forest Protection, upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, On the afternoon of April 10, 2017, Ranger Robert Piersma
was notified by a fellow Ranger of several people who capsized their
canoe in Chittning Pond on Tassel Hill in Woodford Memorial State
Forest; and

WHEREAS, Ranger Robert Piersma arrived on the scene to find two
individuals still submerged in Chittning Pond, which had just recently
opened up from the winter ice, making water temperatures barely above
freezing; and

WHEREAS, Without hesitation or regard for his own safety, Ranger
Robert Piersma grabbed his throw-bag and waded out into the lake until
the water was nearly chest deep; however, he still could not reach the
victims; and

WHEREAS, Ranger Robert Piersma then exited the water and ran back to
his patrol vehicle; he quickly donned his cold-water rescue suit,
returned to the lake and swam out to the unresponsive subjects who had
their arms tightly interlocked; and

WHEREAS, Ranger Robert Piersma grabbed one of the victims' life
jackets and swam, pulling both subjects together at once against a stiff
headwind; arriving volunteer firefighter rescue personnel assisted this
brave Ranger in getting the subjects to shore and ultimately saving
their lives; and

WHEREAS, Ranger Robert Piersma should be regarded as a true hero; he
has continually devoted himself to public service, demonstrating great
courage and diligence in providing for the care and welfare of the
citizens of this great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, Praised for maintaining his composure and his professional
conduct, Ranger Robert Piersma demonstrated his true character and
genuine compassion for the well-being of others; and

WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of New York there are
certain individuals who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community for their
exemplary contributions and service on behalf of others; Ranger Robert
Piersma is one such individual; and

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body that those
dedicated public servants who unselfishly devote their lives to the
preservation of order and the protection of others are worthy and due
full praise for their commitment and noble endeavors; now, therefore, be
it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Forest Ranger Robert Piersma upon the occasion of his designation
as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Forest Ranger Robert Piersma.

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  • 27 / Mar / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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J4393

Honoring Lieutenant Colonel John Brownrigg upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Home Town Hero Award

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Senate Resolution No. 4393

BY: Senator MARCHIONE

HONORING Lieutenant Colonel John Brownrigg upon
the occasion of his designation as recipient of the
Home Town Hero Award by the Reverend Francis A.
Kelley Society of Saint Joseph's Church

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made
significant contributions to the quality of life therein; and

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York,
who have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Lieutenant
Colonel John Brownrigg upon the occasion of his designation as recipient
of the Home Town Hero Award by the Reverend Francis A. Kelley Society of
Saint Joseph's Church, to be celebrated at its 5th Annual Award Ceremony
on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the East Greenbush YMCA; and

WHEREAS, John Brownrigg began his illustrious career in the United
States Army as a ROTC Cadet at Cornell University in June of 1963; after
graduation, he was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant on June
26, 1967, and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as a rifle
platoon leader; and

WHEREAS, Upon completion of Officer's Basic and Airborne Schools,
John Brownrigg deployed with the 101st Airborne to Vietnam, on November
27, 1967, with 1/501st Infantry Battalion as advanced party commander to
secure the unit's base camp at Chu Chi, RVN, and subsequently moving to
Camp Eagle in Quang Tri Provence in Northern I Corps; and

WHEREAS, The 1/501 Battalion was heavily involved in the defense and
recapturing of Hue City, Quang Tri Provence during the Tet Offensive in
February of 1968; and

WHEREAS, Lieutenant John Brownrigg was then sent to Advisor's School
and Military Language School in Monterey, California; after being
promoted to Captain in 1969, he was deployed to Vietnam as an A-team
multi-national advisory team leader with Military Area Command
Vietnam-Special Operations Group-MACV-SOG; and

WHEREAS, In this capacity, Captain John Brownrigg assisted the
Vietnamese Regular Army units with training and military operations
against the enemy; during the assignment, a platoon of the Vietnamese
Battalion for which he was the advisor became entrapped by a large enemy
force; and

WHEREAS, Captain John Brownrigg directed two gun ships and a
transport helicopter to provide suppressing artillery fire at the enemy;
although severely wounded, he was able to direct the gunships and
fighter jets with close air and artillery fire, allowing the soldiers to
be evacuated on the transport helicopter; and


WHEREAS, This brave soldier went back to Vietnam in 1970, on a
special tour with MACV-SOG to look for Prisoners of War; he spent four
months looking for missing patriots and an Air Force pilot who had been
shot down flying an observation mission for him; and

WHEREAS, For his honorable and courageous service during the Vietnam
War, Captain John Brownrigg was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze
Stars, two Purple Hearts, three Commendation Medals, the Combat Infantry
Badge, Parachute Badge, and Army Campaign Ribbon with 14 campaign
devices, five Unit Citation Medals, two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry
with palm device, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal from
Governor Nelson Rockefeller; and

WHEREAS, After valiantly serving five years on Active Duty, Captain
John Brownrigg joined the United States National Guard and the Army
Reserves where he held various command and staff positions; he retired
from the service after 27 total years in the military, achieving the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel; and

WHEREAS, In addition, Lieutenant Colonel John Brownrigg was a
national petroleum sales manager for major oil companies for 39 years as
well as a distributor sales manager for six years; he retired in 2015,
and currently does environmental and real estate consulting; and

WHEREAS, A resident of West Sand Lake, Lieutenant Colonel John
Brownrigg has actively served the Sand Lake Kiwanis for more 30 years as
a member, Club President, Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, and
three-time District Chair; and

WHEREAS, With him throughout has been his wife, who has shown him
love and support and rejoices in his many achievements; and

WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Lieutenant Colonel John Brownrigg upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of the Home Town Hero Award by the Reverend
Francis A. Kelley Society of Saint Joseph's Church; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Lieutenant Colonel John Brownrigg.

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    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
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J4386

Honoring Amina J. Mohammed upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by FACE Africa

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Senate Resolution No. 4386

BY: Senator PARKER

HONORING Amina J. Mohammed upon the occasion of
her designation for special recognition by FACE
Africa at its Ninth Annual Wash Gala on March 31,
2018

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to call attention
to those events which serve to enhance the cultural enrichment and
preserve the heritage of Africa; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Amina J. Mohammed upon the occasion of her designation for special
recognition by FACE Africa at its Ninth Annual Wash Gala "A Night
Celebrating African Excellence" to be held at The Current at Chelsea
Piers, New York, New York, on Saturday, March 31, 2018; and

WHEREAS, The FACE Africa WASH Gala is held annually in New York City
to raise awareness and funds for clean water projects; in addition, it
is a celebration of Africans and Friends of Africa making a difference
in their respective industries and communities; and

WHEREAS, This year, FACE Africa's goal is to raise $500,000 to
provide Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs and facilities to
communities in rural Liberia and Nigeria; and

WHEREAS, The theme for this year's gala "Water Fuels the Future" is
more than a statement, it is the recognition that the availability of
clean drinking water is a prerequisite to achieving all of the other
development indicators like health, education, gender equality, growth,
community commerce, agriculture, and self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS, From November of 2015 to December of 2016, Amina J.
Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, where she steered the country's efforts on climate action,
protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for
sustainable development; and

WHEREAS, Prior to this most esteemed position, Amina J. Mohammed
served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015
Development Planning; during this time, she was instrumental in bringing
about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the
Sustainable Development Goals; and

WHEREAS, Throughout her illustrious career, Amina J. Mohammed also
worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as
Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on
issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable
development, and coordinating programs for MDG-related interventions;
and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our

attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Amina J. Mohammed upon the occasion of her designation for special
recognition by FACE Africa at its Ninth Annual Wash Gala on March 31,
2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Amina J. Mohammed.

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    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

J4392

Honoring Gerald Gillis, III upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

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Senate Resolution No. 4392

BY: Senator RANZENHOFER

HONORING Gerald Gillis, III upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Chancellor's
Award for Student Excellence

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord
with its long-standing traditions, honoring the youth of today and
leaders of tomorrow, whose character and achievements best exemplify the
ideals and values cherished by this great State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Gerald
Gillis, III of East Amherst, New York, upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student
Excellence by the State University of New York (SUNY) to be celebrated
at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Albany Capital Center,
Albany, New York; and

WHEREAS, The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence is the
highest student recognition in the SUNY system, created in 1998 to
recognize students who have demonstrated, and have been recognized for,
the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas
of leadership, athletics, community service and performing arts or
career achievement; and

WHEREAS, The State University of New York is the largest
comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more
than 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs
on 63 campuses, with more than three million alumni around the globe;
and

WHEREAS, Each campus establishes a selection committee, which
reviews exemplary members of that college community who are graduating;
nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor's Office and are subject
to a second round of review; finalists are then recommended to the
Chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student
Excellence; and

WHEREAS, Students honored with the Chancellor's Award for Student
Excellence, such as Gerald Gillis, III who attends SUNY Niagara County
Community College, truly empower the body of SUNY; as proven leaders and
role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers,
each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also
for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local
communities across New York State; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Gillis, III stands poised on the threshold of a
broad and challenging world; a testament to the love and nurturing care
of his family, friends and school; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to honor Gerald Gillis, III,
a young man and able scholar, recognizing the value of his labors and
the promise of his future; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Gerald Gillis, III upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, to commend
him for his outstanding academic achievement and to extend to him the
best wishes of this Legislative Body for a future of purposeful success
and well-being, fully confident of his response to a promising future
and appreciative of the model he represents for all aspiring young
people of the Empire State; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Gerald Gillis, III.

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  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

J4385

Honoring Masai Ujiri upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by FACE Africa

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Senate Resolution No. 4385

BY: Senator PARKER

HONORING Masai Ujiri upon the occasion of his
designation for special recognition by FACE Africa
at its Ninth Annual Wash Gala on March 31, 2018

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to call attention
to those events which serve to enhance the cultural enrichment and
preserve the heritage of Africa; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Masai Ujiri upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition
by FACE Africa at its Ninth Annual Wash Gala "A Night Celebrating
African Excellence" to be held at The Current at Chelsea Piers, New
York, New York, on Saturday, March 31, 2018; and

WHEREAS, The FACE Africa WASH Gala is held annually in New York City
to raise awareness and funds for clean water projects; in addition, it
is a celebration of Africans and Friends of Africa making a difference
in their respective industries and communities; and

WHEREAS, This year, FACE Africa's goal is to raise $500,000 to
provide Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs and facilities to
communities in rural Liberia and Nigeria; and

WHEREAS, The theme for this year's gala "Water Fuels the Future" is
more than a statement, it is the recognition that the availability of
clean drinking water is a prerequisite to achieving all of the other
development indicators like health, education, gender equality, growth,
community commerce, agriculture, and self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS, Masai Ujiri was named President and General Manager of
Basketball Operations of the Toronto Raptors on May 31, 2013, returning
to the organization where he received his first front office position in
2007; and

WHEREAS, A native of Nigeria, Masai Ujiri brings tremendous
knowledge and extensive global connections to the Raptors; he played
professionally in Europe for six years, with stops in Belgium, Germany,
England, Greece and Finland; and

WHEREAS, Furthermore, he has scouted all over the world, including
Europe, Africa, Asia and South America; he has also managed and coached
the Nigerian junior and senior National teams; and

WHEREAS, On August 27, 2010, Masai Ujiri became the first African
General Manager in the NBA when he was hired to run the Denver Nuggets'
basketball operations department; this was also his second stint with
the club after working as a scout from 2003-2006, and the team's
Director of International Scouting during the 2006-07 season; and

WHEREAS, Prior to joining the Denver Nuggets, Masai Ujiri worked as
an International Scout for the Orlando Magic; and

WHEREAS, Equally driven to make change off the court, Masai Ujiri
has built a legacy of action with his not-for- profit organization,
Giants of Africa, which was born from a willingness to dream big; and

WHEREAS, Using basketball as a tool to educate and enrich the lives
of African youth, Masai Ujiri and Giants of Africa also provide quality
facilities, coaching and instruction, while enhancing the growth of the
game of basketball within Africa; and

WHEREAS, This year, under the able direction of Masai Ujiri, Giants
of Africa built and launched a basketball court in an underserved area
of Kigali, Rwanda; and

WHEREAS, Striving to create a pathway for youth, Masai Ujiri uses
basketball to create opportunities to better their lives; he has also
served as the Director of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program
since 2002; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Masai Ujiri upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by FACE Africa at its Ninth Annual Wash Gala on March 31,
2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Masai Ujiri.

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  • 27 / Mar / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 29 / Mar / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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